OUR APPROACH TO SURROGACY
Creative Family Connections was founded by an attorney and established as a law firm, but we also function like a full-service surrogacy agency. We operate on the basic principle that “everyone can build a family”, and we are dedicated to championing the rights of all prospective parents. We provide you with surrogate matching services, concierge level support, and top-notch legal services in one integrated entity. That, in and of itself, makes us unique. You, the client, gain extra protections.
Intended Parents come from all over the world to obtain our compassionate support, surrogate matching skills, and creative legal expertise.
As our client, your interest is always paramount. This is a fundamental precept of the Canon of Ethics that applies to attorneys. Consequently, we are never confronted with a conflict between your interest and the surrogate’s interest. We will facilitate the surrogate’s journey, but she is not our legal client . Your money is protected in a regulated trust fund: This means that when you pay us in advance, the money is held in a trust for you. Until we earn it, it is still your money, so you will never read a clause in one of our contracts that says that none of your money is refundable. Everything you tell us is confidential and protected by attorney/client privilege. We will represent you – and only you -- and will prepare and negotiate your surrogacy agreement and coordinate a court strategy to ensure that you are declared the legal parent(s).
We go the extra mile. For example, after you have a pre-birth order, we will work with the hospital to coordinate a birth plan, and will work on your behalf to ensure that you are recognized as the legal parents with full medical decision-making rights. We will even ask for a room in the hospital so that you can stay with your baby! Our overarching goal is to make your surrogacy journey as happy and as stress-free as possible, while still keeping everything legal and ethical. You deserve no less.
STRICT SURROGATE SCREENING & MATCHING
We gear our surrogate matches to meet the criteria and preferences that our intended parents seek. We recruit our Gestational Surrogates from surrogacy-friendly states; that is, states where we can protect your legal rights as the parents of the child.
As candidates are identified, we undertake an extensive pre-screening process. Less than 10% of applicants make the initial cut to receive our full application, at which point we begin our extensive vetting process. If application responses indicates that a candidate may be viable, our screening process moves on to the important steps of obtaining a completed form from her obstetrician, conducting at least three detailed interviews of references, having her written application and obstetrician form reviewed by a Reproductive Endocrinologist, and interviewing the surrogate candidate in her home.
Once a candidate has satisfied all required components of our screening process, she becomes eligible for matching to like-minded intended parents. Only 2% of the initial
candidates make it through to the end of this funnel.
CASE MANAGER & CONCIERGE SERVICES
When we have identified a tentative match, one of our Case Managers will be assigned as the designated support person for both you and your surrogate throughout the rest of your surrogacy journey. Your Case Manager will assist and guide you from screening, through cycling, to embryo transfer and throughout the pregnancy. Although it is important that you have a designated point person, our entire team remains available to support you at any time.
At Creative Family Connections, we pride ourselves on our individualized attention to each surrogacy journey. While there are some things that each journey will have in common, it is our way of recognizing that every parent’s journey will be unique. We strive to manage each of our cases in a way that caters to the individual needs of every client. To that end, we provide customized services and support to each of our clients, and each Gestational Surrogate, to the extent that each case requires.
From coordinating screening appointments for your surrogate, to providing a monthly financial snapshot of your funds, to providing concierge services and assisting with "little things that mean a lot" - arranging for flowers and gifts for your surrogate or coordinating ground transportation - your Case Manager will be there for you and your surrogate every step of the way.
As a law firm, we manage your money differently. Your fees that are payable to Creative Family Connections remain in an IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Account) until we earn them. If you decide to terminate our services, all funds that we have not yet earned are returned to you. (We recommend that when you are doing your research, you ask other agencies if any of your money is refundable!) Because we are a law firm, our handling of your funds is highly regulated. In fact, the interest earned on the account automatically goes to the Maryland Bar for the funding of pro bono cases.
You can also rest assured that Creative Family Connections has no affiliation with any other business entity. That includes any IVF clinic or doctor. You will pay your IVF clinic directly for all fertility-related fees. Similarly, we have no affiliation with any insurance company or financial institution. As you get started on this journey, we want you to think of us not just as your advocates and not just as your lawyers, but as your partners. We are here to guide you, to educate you, and to facilitate the process. Remember, your best interest is always paramount. Our clients often say that they feel like a weight is lifted from their shoulders when they make the decision to work with us. That is how we want every client to feel!